Finalists announced, voting open for the WRAL Voters’ Choice Awards!

2021 WRAL Voters' Choice AwardsFinalists have been announced in the WRAL Voters’ Choice Awards presented by M&F Bank in over 130 categories. See who made the list and vote now for the Triangle’s best businesses through Nov. 21. Winners will be announced by WRAL’s Mikaya Thurmond and Kat Campbell in January.

VOTE for the 2021 WRAL Voters’ Choice Awards HERE

Here are some FAQs about the annual awards.

What are the WRAL Voters’ Choice Awards?

The WRAL Voters’ Choice Awards (VCAs) are a celebration of the best local businesses, people and landmarks that make Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill, Fayetteville and surrounding areas of central North Carolina one of the most desired regions to live in the country. The awards started in 2015 and get thousands of votes from visitors each year.

How are Voters’ Choice Award winners determined? visitors nominate their favorites in 130+ categories using our online ballot. You can always access the current ballot at

Most recently, nominations were open from Sept. 13-Oct. 10, 2021. The five businesses that receive the most nominations in each category advance to the voting phase.

This year, voting runs Oct. 18-Nov. 21, 2021. An internal committee meets to review your nominations and confirm finalists, and it reviews voting totals to confirm winners.

Why are there two rounds?

The nomination round provides the WRAL audience an opportunity to write in their favorite local businesses so that the finalists, and ultimately winners, truly reflect their favorites in our region (Voters’ Choice!). The voting round highlights some of the favorites in each category, which helps rally local business fans to come together to show their support.

How does the voting round work?

Each category will have 5 finalists max based on nominations, and visitors to can vote for one per category. Write-ins are not accepted during the voting round.

When does voting begin and end?

Voting starts Oct. 18 and Nov. 21, 2021.

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